MP in court for careless driving after hitting Army Major

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by ukdaytona, Feb 4, 2009.

Welcome to the Army Rumour Service, ARRSE

The UK's largest and busiest UNofficial military website.

The heart of the site is the forum area, including:


    An Essex MP admitted careless driving after he broke an army major's neck leaving Parliament.

    Conservative MP for West Chelmsford Simon Burns, 56, pleaded guilty to the offence in his absence at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

    The court heard Burns pulled out of Parliament in his Land Rover leaving Major Stuart Lane had no time to avoid hitting the vehicle on 3 April.

    Burns was fined £400 and ordered to pay £200 in legal costs.

    The court heard Major Lane was thrown over the handlebars of his bicycle and broke two vertebrae in his neck.

    'A misjudgement'

    Prosecutor Kristel Pous said Major Lane has to wear a neck brace and the long-term effects of the injuries, which are not known, could affect his army career.

    Melanie Cumberland defending, told the court Burns, of New London Road, Chelmsford, was not at court as he was involved in the Police and Criminal Bill taking place in parliament.

    Miss Cumberland said: "He moved out, he thought it was clear, it was a misjudgement.

    "He wishes to express his regret at the consequence of the accident."

    Sentencing Burns, district judge Timothy Workman, said: "Emerging into Parliament Square from the Palace of Westminster is a difficult manoeuvre which needs extra vigilance.

    "Although he told police he saw the road was clear, he was clearly mistaken.

    "He should not have moved forward at the time the view was obscured."

    So he didnt check the road was clear, breaks a guys neck, possibly left him with no careeer and is find £600.............
  2. The Judge and the MP are probable members of the same lodge
  3. Saw on the news today a couple got beaten unconcious by some chavs after they told them to stop smashing up a car one got like 7 months in jail the other got a community order.

    ah the times we live in.